Hey guys! I got accepted into a service dog program! The next step is raising money, a lot of money. I’m going to give a more in-depth profile here than I did on the Go Fund Me because I’m not entirely comfy disclosing certain information on Facebook and the like.
Basically I am a disabled transgender community college student working towards transfering into a Neuroscience degree, and then (hopefully) Med school. I have severe PTSD, Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder, an eating disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(which I’d rather not elaborate too much on). I have frequent anxiety and panic attacks triggered by loud noises, physical contact, public spaces, and “social claustrophobia” among other things. I also struggle with dissociating when I’m under physical stress and end up hurting myself while I’m ‘gone.’ Right now I rely completely on my sister and friends to do everything; I can’t go in public alone, I can’t assert my needs at doctors appointments, I can’t even go grocery shopping even accompanied without being terrified. This semester I’ve been lucky enough to have all my classes with my roommate, Vron, but that’s not going to be able to continue and without a service dog I won’t be able to attend school at that point.
The service dog would be trained to ground me and reduce my anxiety in a number of ways: boundary control (moving between myself and others to increase my personal space), alerting me by licking my hand when I’m beginning to panic, and a dorky training thing called “happy” where the dog is trained to rest their head on my lap on command to ground me and keep me focused and relaxed during classes/meetings/appointments.
As like another option for anyone who wants to donate but doesn’t want to do so through Go Fund Me (GoFundMe’s fee policy:”GoFundMe will deduct a 5% fee from each donation you receive. WePay charges 2.9% + $0.30 per donation.”) can contact the organization I’m working with directly called Doggy Do Good at 877-K9RULES (877-597-8537) and give them my name, Oliver Harvey.
Please please spread this around! This is huge for me and would give me a great deal of independence thank you so much for like even reading this
disclaimer: please do not ask me details about ‘what my trauma was’ or anything like that. I’m having a hard enough time making a lot of this information public and would prefer as much privacy as possible. If you have any questions about donating even after looking at the website then you can absolutely message me
I updated the Go Fund Me page with info on the training of service dogs and costs thereof. They are very very expensive and it is only through fundraising that many disabled people can afford to get the help they need. Please signal boost this, and thank you to everyone who already has